Review: Pepsi 1893 – Original Cola


I had high hopes that 1893 by the makers of Pepsi – Original Cola would taste like Pepsi Natural, but no dice.

Pepsi 1893 - Original Cola

Pepsi 1893 – Original Cola

What we get instead is a beverage that is very Pepsi-ish flavor, but slightly less sweet, featuring a substantially cleaner aftertaste. The can advertises “aromatic bitters,” but I really couldn’t pick out anything unique. In the end, this seems like a marketing-driven product with not enough differentiation to be notable. An attempt to seem high-end, perhaps targeted at the mixer crowd. Buy when discounted.

Pepsi 1893 – Original Cola
Carbonated water, sugar, caramel color, phosphoric acid, sodium citrate, natural flavor, potassium sorbate (preserves freshness), caffeine, gum arabic, kola nut extract.

A 12 oz can contains 150 calories, 55 mg sodium, and 40 g carbs (39 sugars). Caffeine content is 3.2 mg/oz.